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Recent articles by Brian:

Man charged with killing 5 people in New Market faces death sentence decision Thursday

Christopher Henderson was convicted in July of fatally stabbing and shooting five family members in New Market in August 2015 and then setting the family’s house on fire. → Read More

A model prisoner? AG says no, confusion grows over police-killing suspect’s early release

News 19 is continuing to learn more about the suspect who police say killed two people, including a Sheffield police officer Friday, but the record of his time in prison raises more questions than it answers. → Read More

Court issues warning on status of former HPD officer’s appeal of murder conviction

Lawyers for former Huntsville Police Department officer William “Ben” Darby have made it clear they like their chances of overturning his murder conviction on appeal, but an unusual order from a state appeals court Thursday raised questions about the status of that appeal. → Read More

Joshua James attorneys argue for more government disclosure on Capitol attack charges

A Marshall County man charged in the January 6 U.S. Capitol attack was one of several defendants in court today in Washington, D.C. for a hearing. → Read More

Tennessee River cleanup lawsuit against 3M, Decatur, Morgan County nears settlement deadline

The Tennessee Riverkeeper lawsuit against 3M, Decatur and Morgan County and other chemical makers is approaching the court-ordered final mediation deadline, but it is not clear if the deadline will be met. → Read More

View all the body camera footage used in former HPD officer William Darby’s murder trial

William Darby was convicted in May of murder and received a 25-year prison sentence on August 20. → Read More

Grieving mother wants court system, law enforcement changes after son’s murder

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — An Athens mother still grieving the death of her murdered 10-year-old son, spoke publicly Thursday morning about changes she would like to see in the court system and law enforcement policy. Kayla White’s son Tate was killed by his father in a murder-suicide last month, described trying to get a judge to […] → Read More

Convicted former Sheriff Mike Blakely asking for new trial

Former Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely, who was sentenced to three years in jail on theft and ethics charges, is asking for a new trial. → Read More

Judge sides with TVA in lawsuit over failed sale of Bellefonte Nuclear site

A federal court ruling over the sale of Bellefonte Nuclear Plant in Jackson County is a win for TVA, but now the utility has to pay back a down payment on the property with interest. → Read More

Judge orders release of body cam video in William Darby murder case

Judge Donna Pate is allowing the public release of body camera footage used during former Huntsville Police officer WIlliam Darby's murder trial. → Read More

Alabama facing ICU bed ‘crunch’ as hospitals scramble to adapt

Alabama is battling a growing ICU bed shortage as the state trails the rest of the nation in fully vaccinated residents. The state Tuesday saw an ICU bed shortage of 29. → Read More

Alabama sentencing guidelines suggest former sheriff Mike Blakely won’t face prison time

Mike Blakely, who served as Limestone County sheriff for 38 years before his conviction on theft and ethics charges August 2, will be sentenced next Friday, August 20. → Read More

Court hearing for Arab man accused in US Capitol attack

An Arab man has been named in a newly issued federal indictment in connection with the January 6 riots at the U.S. Capitol. → Read More

Juror dismissed, state rests case in Blakely trial

The state rested its case in the trial of Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely but not long after, a little courtroom drama ensued, resulting in a juror being dismissed for discussing the case with her partner. → Read More

Blakely trial ends second week

Mike Blakely, Alabama’s longest-serving sheriff, has sat through five days of the prosecution attempting to persuade jurors that he misused his office and stole campaign funds. → Read More

Blakely’s finances put under microscope in Day 7 of public corruption trial

Tuesday marked the second full day of testimony in Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely's theft and ethics trial. → Read More

Testimony begins in Blakely theft and ethics trial

Monday was the start of week two of the trial of Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakey and the first day of witness testimony. → Read More

Prosecution says Sheriff Mike Blakely driven by financial desperation, defense says no money is missing

The opening statements Friday morning by the prosecution and defense offered two entirely different pictures of Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely. → Read More

Republican Jessica Taylor enters Alabama U.S. Senate race, visits Huntsville

Birmingham-area businesswoman Jessica Taylor visited Huntsville Monday as part of the kickoff to her 2022 bid to for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by retiring U.S. Senator Richard Shelby. → Read More

William Darby remains on city payroll two months after his murder conviction

The city has drawn criticism for leaving a person convicted of murder on its payroll, but they say the federal leave protections are, for now, preventing a mandatory discipline hearing. → Read More